Giants too good for Collingwood

02 March 2018 06:41:09 EST
Dylan Shiel

Greater Western Sydney boosted their confidence ahead of the new AFL season with a 60-point win over Collingwood in Canberra.

The Giants took plenty of positives from the JLT Community Series clash, particularly the display by Dylan Shiel.

The 2017 All Australian kicked two goals from his 10 possessions, with GWS experimenting by using him as a permanent forward at times.

It's nice to have those players who can play multiple positions.

Mark McVeigh

The Giants held the Magpies scoreless in the third term at UNSW Canberra Oval and ran out 14.12 (96) to 5.6 (36) winners.

Gun wingman Lachie Whitfield starred in an unfamiliar role across half-back, finishing the night with 25 disposals at 88 per cent efficiency.

Whitfield's outing puts him in line to replace the injured Zac Williams (Achilles) in the backline for Leon Cameron's side.

Stand-in coach Mark McVeigh said Shiel and fellow midfield stars Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio and Callan Ward could all spend more time inside 50 this year.

"When we look at what they can provide when they go forward, and we have some success with it, you've got to weight it up," he added.

"They're our main onballers and we know that for us to win games they've got to spend big time in there, but when they rest, we've got to work out where we can use them best.

"We've got some opportunities there so we'll assess that, but it's nice to have those players who can play multiple positions."

Both sides found scoring difficult in an error-riddled first half, with GWS taking an 11-point lead into the main break and then breaking the game wide open in the third term with six goals.

Greater Western Sydney are 15/2 to win the Grand Final.

The Giants are 21/50 to win their first game of the season against Western Bulldogs, who are 19/10.

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